Recycled cotton fibre producer, Recover, has partnered with textile sorting company Sysave, to scale their efforts in post-consumer waste recycling, and help accelerate the circularity in the textile industry.
Beginning this year, Sysave will be supplying post-consumer waste (PCW), made of 95 per cent cotton, to Recover, and increase in larger volumes in the following years.
In addition, the cotton fibre company has a target of using more than 40 per cent of PCW of its inputs by 2025, amounting to an estimated 85,000 tonnes of used clothing.
Helene Smits, chief sustainability officer at Recover, said that if the industry wants to move to a circular economy, Sysav’s expertise in sorting post-consumer textiles on composition and colour at scale is crucial.
Sysav’s Siptex is the world’s first large-scale facility that is able to automatically sort fabric on composition and colour, while making sure the textile can still be re-used. According to the company, this offers a solution in the textile value chain between collection and recycling.
“It has been a pleasure working together with Sysav in the past year to help optimize their technology and processes based on our needs and we are happy to now take the first step in achieving the ambitious targets our company has set for PCW recycling,” said Smits.
Through this partnership, the two companies seek to take a step closer to a circular fashion loop, while keeping their output to the highest quality and sustainability standards.
Stefan Poldrugac, Business Developer at Sysav commented, “Our mutual exchange of technical expertise proves that close collaborations throughout the textile value chain are key in turning the textile waste problem into circular flows of sustainable raw material,” said Stefan Poldurac, business developer at Sysav.